A Milton Keynes woman has run more than 2,015 miles in the last 11 months to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Jennifer Sangster, 41, set the ambitious target to run 2015 miles for the nation’s heart charity, the equivalent of running around 76 marathons, after the BHF was selected as Santander’s Charity of the Year, where she is a business manager.
She also wanted to raise funds in honour of her godson Jacob, who has had two major open heart operations at Great Ormond Street. Jennifer has raised more than £1,600 so far and completed an incredible 2,179 miles.
She has competed in half marathons, full marathons and ultra-marathons. She achieved her personal best time of 3 hours 18 minutes in the London Marathon, dressed as a heart, and went on to run the Milton Keynes marathon eight days later, her third that month.
Jennifer took part in Endure 24, a 24-hour relay race through the night covering 40 miles, Greensands, a solo ultra-race covering 33 miles cross country, where she came 1st lady and then tackled the Race to the Stones, a 100km (62 miles) cross country race along the Ridgeway to Avebury where she came 3rd lady.
Among other endurance tests, Jennifer completed the Across Wales Walk challenge, where she ran 45 miles from the East border of Wales to the West coast.
Jennifer said: “I’m thrilled to have met and exceed my target of 2015 miles in 2015 for the BHF. It has been an incredible year and I am so proud of the distance I have covered and the funds I have raised for such an important charity.”
The BHF was chosen by colleagues at Santander to be their Charity of the Year for 2015. The partnership aims to raise £1 million to help the BHF in its fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD).